The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has urged the region’s three representatives at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil to surpass Africa’s previous quarter-final record at the tournament. West African giants Ghana, who attained that record in 2010, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, will participate at the tournament.
In a goodwill message to Africa’s five representatives at the 32-nation soccer fiesta, obtained in Abuja by this publication, the ECOWAS Chief encouraged “Team ECOWAS” to aspire for excellence through professionalism while upholding the spirit of sportsmanship.
He assured the teams that the entire ECOWAS community and its more than 350 million people were solidly behind them as they flew the region’s and Africa’s flags in Brazil. Ouédraogo also wished Cameroon and Algeria, Africa’s two other representatives, well.
“With hard work, discipline and dedication, African flag bearers can bring the coveted trophy to the African soil for the first time in the World Cup history,” he said. African teams have previously failed to go beyond the quarter finals at the quadrennial soccer show piece.